Entrepreneur magazine names Rita’s among 2019’s Top Franchises for Veterans


See why Rita’s makes perfect sense for veterans seeking a transition into civilian careers

A little girl clutches a small American flag while she hugs her father, who is wearing combat fatigues. A large American flag waves in the background on the right-hand side of the photo.

Entrepreneur magazine ranked Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard at No. 41 among the 150 Top Franchises for Veterans. If you or someone you know is a veteran looking for a smart business opportunity, this is another great reason to consider owning a Rita’s franchise.

Entrepreneur compiles the annual rankings based on a number of criteria. While, as the magazine notes, “hundreds” of franchises offer incentives to veterans such as discounted franchise fees, not all are worthy of inclusion in the rankings.

How the franchises were ranked

In order to determine the best franchises for veterans, Entrepreneur did a deeper dive. They sent a survey to all of the companies that offer veterans discounts and then analyzed those results.

“From there, we developed our ranking of the top 150 franchises for veterans, taking into account each company’s veteran incentive, how veteran franchisees are attracted to and supported by the company, and how each company scored in the 2019 Franchise 500,” the magazine wrote.

Why vets are a great fit for Rita’s

Running a Rita’s franchise requires skill sets that are commonly acquired and honed during military service. Taking a leadership role while also maintaining the ability to work within the structure of a franchise business and being a team player is key to success, with Rita’s or any franchise.

In addition, running a Rita’s franchise requires a strong work ethic and a desire to help others develop their leadership skills. Most employees are teens and young adults, and franchisees who enjoy motivating and inspiring future leaders will find Rita’s a good fit.

Rita’s is proud of our men and women who have served our country, and as such we are a member of VetFran, the branch of the International Franchise Association (IFA) that helps U.S. military vets transition into civilian life by giving them greater access to franchising opportunities.

We want to do our part in making it easier for veterans to build new civilian careers for themselves as entrepreneurs. We offer an accessible startup investment as well as simple operations, which don’t require any expensive, high-maintenance stoves, ovens or fryers.

The opportunity to own a Rita’s is the opportunity to run your own business with the backing of experts and a proven track record of success. Our franchise owners come from all walks of life. However, with honorably discharged veterans, we already know you’re capable of following a roadmap to success.

Own a Rita’s

Rita’s offers a 20% discount off our initial franchise fee to all veterans who were honorably discharged and are qualified franchise candidates. Ours is a unique franchise opportunity with 600+ units nationwide and plenty of areas available. To learn more, please explore our website. You can fill out the form on this page to access our Franchise Information Center, where you’ll find detailed financial results, a breakdown of startup costs and in-depth Q&As with Rita’s franchisees.

This information is not intended as an offer to sell a franchise. We will not offer you a franchise until we have complied with disclosure and registration requirements in your jurisdiction. Contact Rita’s Franchise Company, LLC, located at 1210 Northbrook Drive, Suite 310, Trevose, PA 19053 to request a copy of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). RESIDENTS OF NEW YORK: This advertisement is not an offering. An offering can only be made by a prospectus filed first with the Department of Law of the State of New York. Such filing does not constitute approval by the New York Department of Law.